This week, we’ll be talking about connections: The in-person links that create crowds, and the digital ones that create, well, the Internet. Briggs talks specifically about “crowdsourcing;” the term “the wisdom of crowds” was popularized by James Surowiecki, but it’s been around for a while. Some take issue with the idea that crowds actually have any particular wisdom. Here’s a little tune on the subject from Nova:
- Way back in 1997, David G. Post described some common questions and criticisms of the humble link that are still pertinent today.
- Bill Thompson talks about links as the key component of “the semantic Web.”
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